Blyth recover to defeat Bishop Auckland

Blyth recovered from an early setback to record a good win over Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

The Plessey Road side started slowly against their newly promoted opposition and were behind after only eight minutes when the ball was hacked through the Blyth defence for a centre to score between the posts.

Shortly afterwards Blyth lost centre Owen Jarvis with a serious head injury and were forced to reshuffle their backs.

Both sides missed penalty chances but it was Blyth next on the board when McKeown chased a kick to the corner and fielded the ball to score, Sutherland hitting the post with the difficult conversion.

From a Bishops lineout, Blyth second row forward Turnbull won the ball, which was whipped along the line, recycled and moved back across the field for McKeown to score his second try in the corner, again the conversion was missed.

Just on half-time a promising Blyth attack broke down but the clearance kick was charged down allowing Sutherland to score and convert to give Blyth a lead of 17-7 at the interval.

The second half saw Blyth reduced to 14 men for 20 minutes due to two sin-binnings, but the visitors could only manage a single penalty while Blyth’s 14 men scored a pushover try following a lineout, Stephenson claiming the touch down for the bonus point converted by Sutherland.

The same player then added a penalty to seal the win 27-10.

The injury to Jarvis turned out to be a fractured eye socket and he is recovering well.

Next week Blyth travel to Gosforth for a 3pm kick-off.